The hood of an old Volkswagen Beetle on the body and the VW insignia on its tail, ‘Beetle the Bear’ is apparently as loveable as Herby The Love Bug in his day. The sculpture was just voted the University of Sioux Falls’ annual People’s Choice Award for its SculptureWalk contest.

Alberta, Canada-based artist Cedar Mueller is Beetle’s creator.

“It will come as no surprise that I love animals,” Mueller said. “I love the different personality of each animal. When I have completed a sculpture, I know I’ve done a good job when it has its ‘personality,’ and people can connect with it.”

USF’s SculptureWalk tradition began in 2011, and since then every fall, students, faculty and staff celebrate campus’ sculptures by voting for their favorite and honoring the respective artist with the People’s Choice Award.

“The USF SculptureWalk is the only college campus rotating sculpture program in the country,” said Jim Clark, Director of the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk. “Collaboration with good people and good purpose usually turns into a great program that will sustain far into the future, and that’s what we have today in the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk and USF SculptureWalk partnership.”

USF SculptureWalk is a partner of the downtown Sioux Falls SculptureWalk and currently displays 11 unique sculptures that are owned by world-class artists and are on loan to the exhibit for one year. Each spring, new sculptures are selected for display, and many actually come from the downtown exhibit. The USF SculptureWalk also features eight permanent sculptures.

Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, USF values the development of students’ intellectual, analytical and creative capacities and seeks to cultivate students’ knowledge and appreciation of the visual and performing arts. The USF SculptureWalk fosters creativity and enriches the campus community giving students a fresh approach to learning.

View all of this year’s sculptures at www.sculpturewalk.usiouxfalls.edu.

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